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Cadiz with GBR Radial

over 5 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

Day 1 of the Andalucia Regatta here in Cadiz.

Overcast and light winds forecast, but big swell from the previous days, so racing will be tricky.

Im coaching Chloe Martin and will be good to see her put the training into practice.

Good fleet of sailors here for the first european regatta of the season.

Happy sailing.


Cadiz with GBR Radial

over 5 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

Day 1 of the Andalucia Regatta here in Cadiz.

Overcast and light winds forecast, but big swell from the previous days, so racing will be tricky.

Im coaching Chloe Martin and will be good to see her put the training into practice.

Good fleet of sailors here for the first european regatta of the season.

Happy sailing.


Coached radials in weymouth then off to Ireland

over 6 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

Ireland bound, for the delights of the emerald isle.

Also to catch up with friends whose wedding I missed this time last year.

This week in weymouth coaching the Radial girls has been great lots of good lessons.

Looking forward to Holland regatt next week. Hope that the Mosquitos are not to hungry – normally you get eaten alive!


Coached radials in weymouth then off to Ireland

over 6 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

Ireland bound, for the delights of the emerald isle.

Also to catch up with friends whose wedding I missed this time last year.

This week in weymouth coaching the Radial girls has been great lots of good lessons.

Looking forward to Holland regatt next week. Hope that the Mosquitos are not to hungry – normally you get eaten alive!


GBR Radial team coaching Perth - best result 7th overall @ Worlds

over 7 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

Ive just been in Perth coaching for the GBR Olympic Sailing team for the ISAF Worlds.

The team of 5 girls worked hard in the build up to the regatta and had some really great individual race results, winning plenty of races in the course of the regatta. The highlight was Ali Young finishing 7th, well done to her and all of the girls.

Now thinking of Xmas and seeing the folks.

Next thing is the training for the Olympics with the girls in Miami in the new year and then the build up to Weymouth in the summer.

All the best.


Hugh Styles Appointed As World Youth Sailing Trust Coach

over 8 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

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ISAF is delighted to announce that Hugh Styles (GBR) has been appointed as the World Youth Sailing Trust’s coach and will be present at the 2011 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships in Zadar, Croatia to coach sailors on ISAF’s Athlete Participation Programme.
Styles, who finished sixth in the Tornado at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, has 20 years of elite level competitions experience and will bring invaluable knowledge to the sailors who are selected as part of the Athlete Participation Programme.

“I like to think I can be a role model to the youth sailors,” said Styles. “I’ve come from a background of sailing in the Laser but I have experience in two person dinghies and catamarans as well. In each of those areas I have been able to achieve a really high level.

”I’ve won medals at World and International Championships and been successful in teams in the Extreme 40s and races like the Sydney to Hobart.“

The sailors on the Athlete Participation Programme will be able to benefit from Styles’ extensive knowledge and experience of Olympic Sailing and coaching.

Having coached a wide spectrum of athletes ranging from Optimist sailors to Olympic athletes and professional sailors, who have gone on to achieve domestic and international success, Styles plans to bring the athletes together before the 2011 ISAF Youth Worlds.

”The focus is to try and connect with all of the participants before the event. There is a massive opportunity to use technology and establish links with people through social networking websites such as facebook and twitter.

“I would like to be in a position that when we come to the event we are not meeting people for the first time. Social networking is a massive benefit and the forum side of it will help us build towards the 2011 Youth Worlds and onwards.”

The 36-year-old from Poole, Dorset is a Royal Yachting Association qualified Level Three Racing Coach. From 2003-2004 Styles was the RYA Hobie 16 Class Coach and focused on a squad of eight sailors who delivered an ISAF Youth Worlds gold medal for Great Britain.

With a strong coaching methodology and success in the past Styles already has plans and goals in place for the 2011 ISAF Youth Worlds.

“We are looking to give everybody the best opportunity to achieve their ultimate goals and personal bests. Whether it is to just be in every race, place in the top ten or win the regatta it doesn’t matter. It is about allowing people to achieve their personal goals and the way we measure is through our coaching approach.

”This will focus on the individual with an initial assessment period before the event via social mediums to see what their needs are. Having done that we can benchmark their aims and objectives.

“When we come out of the event they will have an individual legacy that will help to positively contribute to their learning and improvement in the future. Through the opportunities they have had at the event the sailors will be able to have a structure going forward and will ultimately help them become the next Olympians, America’s Cup Sailors or Round the World Yachts people.”

The ISAF Youth Worlds take place from 7-16 July in Zadar, Croatia this year and Styles is looking past this year’s event and focusing on the long term legacy.

“I hope that in the next 5-10 years we can raise the game of youth sailing internationally and with the ever increasing ability to get online more people will be able to see what is going on in real time.

”The legacy of this event is really important because it builds into our sport. The ISAF Youth Worlds can help us develop links with the emerging nations in Asia, Africa and South America and from there we can build more opportunities for these countries to become even more successful."
On the appointment of Hugh Styles, World Youth Sailing Trust Chairman Carlos Ribeiro Ferreira said, “The World Youth Sailing Trust look forward to working with Hugh as we continue to support young sailors from emerging nations at the ISAF Youth World Championships.

”Hugh has fantastic credentials both as a competitor and as a coach and through his experience we hope to achieve the Trust’s aim of ensuring young sailors return home after the ISAF Worlds enriched by the experience."


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ISAF Youth Worlds Facebook Page

ISAF Youth Worlds Twitter Page

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Flying Fifteen coaching Parkstone Yacht Club provided by Towergate Mardon

over 8 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

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Saturday the 20 November saw a keen group of Flying Fifteen sailors attend a coaching workshop provided by me on behalf of Towergate Mardon and my coaching business TIME ON THE WATER. 10 boats were involved and several other class keen helpers were along to assist in the days coaching.

The weather was cloudy but a good 10 knots of wind and every now and then there was a little drizzle but generally it was a good and nice day. The focus for the coaching was racing skills and after an initial session of assessment of the ability of the group we got out on the water nice and early.

With a simple windward leeward set the sailors were put through their paces and learnt about their starting approach, time and distance, identifying the bias in the starting line, getting transits, creating a gap to accelerate into off the line and executing a good start. The sailors made some great advances during the day, the most notable being Nadia who by the end of the session was mixing it in the thick of the action at start time, well done.

We also worked on the sailors boat handling, tacking and gybing on the whistle, initially with mixed success, but eventually the teams were tacking without the jib flapping and the kite filling all the way through the gybe.

The next steps will be for the sailors to practice all of the little lessons and when we have the next session in the spring we will be able to gear up for the season and go for it at the next open meeting.

Ill be coaching 49ers at the weekend, so a change of speed and angles, but it will be interesting to see how the team have improved since i last saw them in the end of the summer.

Towergate Mardon & TIME ON THE WATER Coaching session at Grafham Cat Regatta a resounding success

over 8 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

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Saturday saw the first day of the Grafham Water annual catamaran regatta, which was attended by a couple of hundred teams, across classes as diverse as the single handed Dart sprint 15 through to the NACRA N20 twin wire beast, this year as a special support for the sailors Towergate Mardon in combination with Hugh Styles of TIME ON THE WATER and NACRA provided a free coaching session for sailors at the event.

With catamaran sailing in the fore front of the sailing press at the moment now that the next Americas Cup will be raced in AC45 and AC72 catamarans, there was a real buzz at the event and the sailors jumped at the chance to get some coaching help and an opportunity to improve skills through accessing the free coaching.

The day saw a mix of conditions, but with a biting northerly wind, the wind chill signified the onset of the winter. But this didn’t dampen spirits and the gust and shifty wind was unpredictable to say the least. This made it tricky for the race officer to lay an even course and for the sailors to be able to decipher the shifts until many of them had come back to the beach and discussed it at length in the bar.

The schedule for the Saturday and Sunday was three races and TIME ON THE WATER coach Hugh was on the water observing and taking video of opportunities for teams to improve performance. This was then debriefed shore with both individual and group debriefs and a number of Q&A sessions.

The evenings debrief in the Grafham Water Sailing club, the focus of the session being in two parts:
Tactical and strategic positioning on the race course relative to the course axis and the gust and wind shifts
Mark rounding processes and how to create better tactical options by improving mark rounding smoothness.

Point 1. Was eagerly discussed by the participants, and with some simple rules of thumb provided by Hugh the sailors broke down the scenarios they had experienced and generated game plans for the how they would attack the race course the following day. The biggest hurdle most sailors felt was dealing with traffic and keeping options open to be able to sail their race strategy.

Point 2. Most teams were pushing too late with their spinnakers up too close to the leeward marks to be able to make a good mark rounding exit. Using Video analysis the sailors were able to see exactly how far in advance of the mark a good rounding should start. This was then used to improve routines with a more accurate assessment of the time and distance approach to the marks. Conversely at the windward marks teams found that there were many more options open to them than just following the boats in front, the focus of clear air and keeping in the gusts was highlighted as the priorities going forward.

The opportunity for the future of catamaran sailing is bright at the moment with the added benefit of the Americas Cup 34 in catamarans. In order to support this TIME ON THE WATER is running coaching sessions in catamarans as well as monohull’s during the winter months to help raise the level of skill in the UK fleets across the board, if you are keen and want to fast track your sailing please contact Hugh Styles on email Hugh@timeonthewater.co.uk.

Many thanks to Towergate Mardon and NACRA who made the coaching session possible, but also to Grafham Sailing club and Paul Wakeline for helping make the day a resounding success. Thanks also to Magic Marine for the clothing support for the coaching team.

Dart 18 Towergate Mardon Coaching day with Hugh Styles

over 8 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

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Dart 18 Towergate Mardon Coaching day with Hugh Styles

This Sunday the Dart 18 Class had their single handed nationals and Women’s nationals hosted by Parkstone Yacht club. In a weekend of variable conditions a good fleet of 25 boats turned up on the Saturday morning with the prospect of a windy weekend.

The reality was that the forecast did not match to the conditions at all, as is so often the case in the UK. The wind didn’t blow on Saturday and did on Sunday, far more than expected, and meant that the Sunday sailing was abandoned. But before this happened the Dart sailors were however able to get a a positive spin from the day for the sailors by linking them into some good local knowledge, coaching of the land effects and tidal influences in Poole harbour, this coaching was provided for the Dart class by Towergate Mardon who’s ambassador Hugh Styles of TIME ON THE WATER (Olympian and high performance sailing coach) attended the event in support of the class.

The Sunday, dawned with a windy and rainy outlook, and from the initial assessments of the meteorology web sites, there was a mixed message from the various weather models of what would be the likely wind conditions, with many forecasting light and variable winds. The end result being that the weather was totally dependant on a weather front moving over the region during Saturday night and Sunday morning, and that this front moving faster than expected managed to hang over Poole for long enough to keep the very windy conditions for such a time that it precluded the Sunday racing from occurring. The one benefit of this situation was that there was an opportunity for a training session with Hugh followed by question and answers in the clubs training room.

Hugh being one of Britain’s few successful Olympic catamaran sailors, was able to focus on the needs of the fleet, and ran an initial assessment session, then helped sailors with some hints and tips of how to improve their starting and mark rounding skills, this then developed into more elaborate insights into how to make big gains in the tactics and strategy of start and mark rounding incidents, where avoiding boat on boat traffic and incidents on the water help provide race wining opportunities.

This coaching day was one of a selection of days which as part of an innovative new approach to supporting dinghy sailors and attendees get the benefit of the teaching as well as the opportunity to get a discount opportunity on insurance premiums. Many classes such as the Flying Fifteen and J24 class have already expressed an interest for coaching days in the future and If your class or fleet would like a Towergate Mardon sponsored Hugh Styles coaching day please contact hugh@timeonthewater.co.uk, we currently have several opportunities for these days in the calendar for next year and would be keen to hear from interested clubs or classes.

Hugh Styles
CEO‘Time On the Water’, agents for Magic Marine UK
Tel +447712760524
Email: hugh@timeonthewater.co.uk
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Team Boskalis win F18 Nationals 2010

over 8 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

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This weekend saw the F18 National Championships held at Whitstable Yacht Club, it was a fantastic event “the best nationals for a long while, well done to Whitstable” was heard at the prize giving after the last 3 days had given fruit to all conditions + excellent close racing.

Team Boskalis sailors Hugh Styles + Chris Rashley sailing a NACRA Infusion dominated the regatta from start to finish counting 5 firsts and a 2nd place, this is the 5th National Championship win in the F18 class for Styles. At Whitstable 2nd place overall went to John Worthington and Seb Gruber who were very impressive in the breeze, in another NACRA Infusion and in 3rd Matt Humphries and Luke Yates.

This year the Formula 18 class had the best turn out at one of its National championships ever, this is down to the good balance which exists within the class between good testing racing at break neck speeds and good fun social banter off the water. Its amazing to see the success of the class, even in the UK where catamaran sailing is the poor relation to the dinghy sailing, popularity is building and this is mirrored internationally, with the recently held worlds in France which had a limited entry of 160 teams competed for the title, and the top 20 of this looking like a who’s who of Olympic Tornado teams of recent years.

To the regatta, Friday and Saturday provided champagne sailing in fresh winds and sunny skies, and racing on the tidal waters of the Thames estuary teams had to make tough lay line calls both up and down wind. Three races on the Friday and race one saw some really close racing between Styles and Rashley and Rob Wilson and Marcus Lynch, this was won by Styles and Rashley. The second race was very open, and then disaster stuck for Wilson as he broke his mast, ending his regatta. Race two was won by Worthington and Gruber, with David White and John Sweet a good second and Styles and Rashley third. Race three in more wind saw Styles and Rashley dominate from the front, with White and Sweet solid in second.

Saturday dawned even windier but with a cloudy sky, Stuart Gummer with Ryan Crawford lead the first lap of race 4, but were overhauled by Styles and Rashley who kept to the left side of the upwind on the second beat. The fifth race of the day in ever more increasing wind was blessed by sunshine, and a battle royal between Styles and Rashley and Worthigton and Gruber, the former lead for the first lap, to be overtaken on the downwind as Worthington powered through the chop, the teams were close again at the top but Worthington sailed another blistering downwind to take the winning gun. The last race of the day was cancelled due to too much wind, but with 4 races scheduled for the Sunday.

Sunday started with a SW 10 knots which died through the race and had Styles & Rashley tussling with Humphries & Yates, with Adam Piggott & Lewis Crawford third, and this is how I ended. As the wind died on the last leg it swung west 60 degrees and this turned the fleet inside out after the top 5 finished.

The wind disappeared and swung through 360 degrees until just before 1400 hrs when a SW breeze came in and the last race got away in 9 knots Styles and Rashley fought it out on the first lap, with Gummer and Crawford pushing hard, but this was not enough to hold off Styles and Rashley who managed to overhaul them and in doing so winning the Boskalis team the national title for the fifth time in 6 years for Styles.

Many thanks to Whitstable yacht club for their amazing hospitality, to Stuart Offer for the good race officering. Now the focus will be for the Forts race at Whitstable in 2 weekends time, then the F18 Inlands on the 16/17 Oct before the final event of the season the NACRA Nationals which will be at the Weston Cat open on the 6/7 November.

As ever nothing would be able to be achieved without the great support from the many sponsors family and friends so many thanks to:
Time on the Water
Nacra Europe
Towergate Mardon
Magic Marine
Marlow Ropes

Hugh Styles

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Great day F18 UK Nationals day 1, 1st, 3rd, 1st

over 8 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

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Great day F18 UK Nationals day 1, 1st, 3rd, 1st
posted by Hugh Styles // August 20, 2010 21:10
Whitstable was the venue and a fleet of 37 boats competing on the Thames estuary, with a South Westerly winds from 8 – 16 knots, big shifts and loads and loads of sunshine, it was champagne yachting as the F18 catamarans blasted up and downwind flat out wiring.

Race one was one of the best closest battles ive had racing for a long time, Chris Rashley and I were racing our Nacra Infusion against Rob Wilson and Marcus Lynch. The lead changed a number of times, but we managed to take the lead before the last mark and were never headed.

Race 2 was all about Jon Worthington and Seb Gruber who stormed out of the left side on the first beat and did a horizon job on the fleet, we were all left trying to catch up, David White and John Sweet second and Hugh Styles and Chris Rashley third.

Race three took it toll and left crews with tired arms and very thankful when they got to the finish. The race was lead from start to finish by Hugh Styles and Chris Rashley on their NACRA Infusion, followed again by David White and John Sweet in another NACRA Infusion, third Luke Yates and Matt Humphries.

The forecast for tomorrow is meant to be windier, which will put a little dampner on this evenings entertainment, but everyone is hoping for more champagne sailing tomorrow.

Thanks to all of Team Hugh Styles sponsors:
NACRA Europe
NACRA Watersports
Marlow ropes
Magic Marine
Towergate Mardon

2nd Texel Dutch Open 1 day to go!!

over 8 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

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Epic Day in Texel, big breeze and waves and lots of hull flying,

We were 2nd in race one with a storming race, were learning about our boat as it has new foils and theyre taking a bit to get used to.

Race two we underestmated the side slip on foils and were shut out, tacked to clear, but lost breeze on RHS and then behind the bunch at the top mark arrrghh, fought back to 6th.

Race three, were good off the line and went left but evens at the top, but behind a group of boats and rounded in the pack, catching up all way with the next 2 laps to finish 4th and oh so close to 3rd!!

2nd overall and pushing for the overall lead, tomorrow a big day!!

TIME ON THE WATER 3rd at J24 worlds qualifier

over 8 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

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The newly formed company TIME ON THE WATER owned by Hugh Styles and David Lush had their companies first success, on the bank holiday weekend with Hugh Styles skippering a J24 team to a podium position of 3rd place, this was a great result considering that the team had many changes of crew through the event.

The bank holiday weekend saw a good fleet of J24’s competing in the Poole Harbour Regatta 2010 as one of the J24 class worlds qualifiers. The regatta saw a whole range of conditions, with Saturday cold wet and windy, through to Monday with a dropping breeze, sun tans and glassy seas.

Duncan Mcarthy with his local Parkstone Yacht Club team were the class act, with a boat handling edge in the windier conditions, Bob Turnders SERCO team were a close second, snatching one race win and several second place finishes, both of these teams now go onto the Europeans in Holland next weekend for the first major J24 regatta of the year, we wish them all the very best.
The surprise success was the TIME ON THE WATER team finishing 3rd overall behind these two, showing some great potential, as after a slow start to the regatta in the big breeze the teams performance went from strength to strength, finishing the regatta with the best results of any team on the last day Monday.

A great regatta with close racing and a variety of sailing conditions which made for a real test for the teams which are just off to the J24 Europeans in Holland.

TIME ON THE WATER would like to thank all of the members of the crew who, specially to David Lush and David Hepburn and all the owners of the good ship ‘Jobs for the Boys’, Russell Whitworth, Jules Scott, who were the core team and supported by Ed Lush, Steven Tiernan, Ed Whitehead and Luke, who all played their part in making it a successful regatta. Then TIME ON THE WATER would also like to thanktheir supporters and sponsors, Magic Marine, Towergate Mardon, Laser Perfoermance Europe, Pelican Racing, Marine Resources, Gill, Marlow Ropes, Nacra Europe, Boskalis.

The next activity is the SB3 event in Seaview on the Isle of Wight in a weeks time.

Styles races F18 at Carnac 2010

over 9 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

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This weekend was the first regatta in the F18 calendar of the 2010 season, racing in the waters off the Brittany coast in France. The bay of Quiberon and Carnac Yacht Club hosted the 2010 Eurocat regatta, which comprised a series of short course round the cans racing and a seperate long distance race of some 30km to the extremity of the bay of Quiberon and back.

Racing was in 4 fleets on two course areas, one handicap course area and another for the Formula 18 class. in total some 400 boats were in attendance at the regatta, with numbers down on the last few years of competition.

Racing the NACRA Infusion the Team Styles F18 campaign had a mixed bag of results, with the highlight being the last race of the day finishing off well with a 2nd in the last race. Now looking to the next major event in the calendar which is the NACRA international championships and then the Texel Dutch open in June, before the F18 world championships, which are in Brittany at Erqy in the first week in July.

Many thanks to the teams sponsors and supporters, in particular, Towergate Mardon Insurance, Magic Marine, NACRA Europe, Tacktick, Marlow Ropes, Holt.

Farr 40 Miami

over 9 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

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Miami is an awesome place to have a regatta at this time of year and last week was the Miami Grand Prix, i was racing Farr 40 in a fleet of 10 boats and the teams all revved up for the world championships which are in a months time in the Dominican Republic.

The racing was very tight and we had our share of successes and not quite such successes, highlight of the week was leading race 2 from start to almost finish before a chinese gybe 300m from the finish. Also highlights were that we were consistently in the top 4 to the first make every race, just if only we could have been faster and held a lane downwind we would have converted many of these potentials into actual results.

It is always good to get back into the FArr 40 class and see exactly how close it is and get into some really tight and close fought tactical situations on the water. I certainly learned loads and thanks to the rest of the crew on the good ship Charisma for their efforts.

Ill be back in Sydney now for 3 weeks before getting on the plane and coming over to the UK again for the start of the UK season. I am looking forward to it but wish it could all be a lot warmer, ive got very used to shorts and tshirt every day here in Sydney, bye for now Hugh!!

Styles steers China Team to Bronze in Oman and Asian Extreme Sailing Series

over 9 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

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The Muscat regatta was only the third regatta for the China Team who stepped up their game for this the final event of the Extreme Sailing Series Asia raced in Oman, it came down to the wire on the last day with the podium positions going in favour of Oman Masirah followed by the Wave and then China Team, the nock on effect of this was an incredibly tight finish in the overall standings with the China Team and The Wave on equal points behind Masirah for the overall Asian title.

This three-event Asian tour has seen many familiar faces from the European tour, such as, double Olympic Gold Medalist Shirley Robertson, solo round the world skipper Nick Moloney and European Champion Pete Cumming, whilst newcomers Thierry Barot skippering The China Team with Helm Hugh Styles, Mainsheet man Tan Wearn Haw and Trimmer Adam Piggott, and Roman Hagara on Red Bull Extreme Sailing have gone from a ‘standing start’ to put in an awesome performance, pushing the more seasoned racers all the way.

The Asian circuit kicked off in Hong Kong, then Singapore before ending here in Muscat at a full public event:

“It was very impressive, right in front of the public but still this sport is very intense, delivery is very high in terms of tactics and strategy. I really believe it is the future of sailing,” said China Team skipper Thierry Barot. “This is what sailing needs in term of development – the Extreme Sailing Series is a sport in itself.”

At the start of the fifth and final day of the Extreme Sailing Series Asia Muscat event there were a few worried and tense looking sailors on the dockside – the wind was blowing over 20 knots and the anticipation of some tense battles ahead only heightened the stakes. Thierry Barot’s China Team and Paul Campbell-James and the crew on The Wave, Muscat were on equal points at the start of racing with Masirah just one point behind and it was clear this was where the battle for the podium would be taking place.

Red Bull Extreme Sailing who suffered a capsize yesterday were just one point ahead of Nick Moloney’s BT, whilst Shirley Robinson on Rumbo Almeria knew she could play catch up if things went in her favour. The scene was set for an awesome display of Extreme racing.

As the local crowds gathered on Al-Hail beach for the final day of the ‘Extreme Beach Party’, racing got underway with two rounds of ‘speed runs’.
The reefed Extreme 40s relished these high-speed conditions courtesy of the 20+ knots of north-westerly wind, and flew down the windward/leeward course flying the hulls in front of the packed VIP platform.

As the wind dropped to around 10 knots, the huge mainsails were hoisted to the top of the masts, and fleet racing began. The Oman Sail boats led the way – first place for The Wave, Muscat and second for Masirah. China Team finished fourth place behind BT, putting them 6 points behind leaders. Another drama for Red Bull as their mainsail came tumbling down mid-race. They quickly hoisted a man of the mast to sort it out and were back racing in time for the penultimate race.

The pressure was at the max… The skippers jostling for position on the short start line – Paul Campbell-James misjudged the start and was over the line, forcing him to restart as their teammates sailed away to snatch the race. China Team got caught up at the start in the first two races, and allowed the Oman boats to pull ahead on the leaderboard. But the double-points final race was coming up…

Only just enough wind remained to propel the boats over the line. Hugh Styles takes up the story: “We knew it was tight on points with BT the Wave and Masirah so we had to keep out of trouble. But as the warning signal fired the wind dropped rapidly making for very unstable sailing conditions, we decided to start on port, got control over BT and all was good, until Almeria came speeding in with kite up and sailed over the top of us taking our wind and forcing us down the line towards starboard tack Masirah and the committee boat. Almeria had to avoid Masirah and in doing so sailed straight into the anchor warp of the committee boat and parked, we squeezed round the melee and were off! Masirah had the upper hand to lead off the line with us and BT neck and neck and the others parked. We pressured BT on the run and overtook them to finish 2nd from The Wave 3rd and BT 4th.

It was a superb end to a fantastic inaugural Extreme Sailing Series Asia. Only in a few months time, the Extreme Sailing Series European circuit will be starting – we can’t wait!

Extreme Sailing Series Asia : Muscat
1st Oman Sail Masirah, 103 points
2nd The Wave, Muscat, 101 points
3rd China Team, 91 points
4th BT, 84 points
5th Red Bull Extreme Sailing, 71 points
6th Rumbo Almeria, 70 points

Extreme Sailing Series Overall:
1st Masirah, 18 points
2nd The Wave, Muscat, 11 points
3rd China Team, 11 points
4th BT, 10 points
5th Red Bull Extreme Sailing, 8 points
6th Rumbo Almeria, 5 points

Associates: Sailing Networks

In Sydney post Hobart

over 9 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

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Its taken a little while to get back into things after the Hobart, it seemed to take a bit out of me this year, maybe it was the new years celebrations which really did it??

The Hobart was a really slow affair, but lots of variety, shame that the average speed for the race for the overall winner was only 6 knots arrrgh. At least we did get some decent wind as we came into the Tasman rock and had a good old blast reach all the way down the Derwent into Hobart. I love this part of the race as it is the sleigh ride into the finish, or has been for me both of the last 2 times which I’ve done the race.

Now back in Sydney and have had a good new years and time to catch up on some sleep and some of the festive seasons delights. The good thing is that there is plenty going on as the International 14 Worlds are in in Manly at the moment and I’ve been over watching some racing and catching up with a load of old friends who seem to be back in town for the moment.

Off to Key west in 10 days sailing a Melges 24 which should be great fun, im really looking forward to sailing a little boat again. Then a chance to go back to the UK for 6 days before getting back on a plane to the next Extreme 40 event in Oman in February.

Happy new year, thanks to my sponsors and all the best for 2010.


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Oman Sail win in Singapore but China Team 2nd in overall standings

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Oman Sail Masirah win in Singapore

It was close between 5 boats all the way to the end of five days of racing in Singapore under a kaleidoscope of weather with Oman Sail’s Masirah taking their second consecutive win at the Extreme Sailing Series Asia. They now lead the overall series with China Team and BT 2nd equal.

The final day of racing in Singapore started with a light two knot wind and the six teams tactically fighting their way around the racecourse, searching for the best possible winds. The skippers and crews were tested by the Race Committee as they began two races with the more challenging downwind starts as the wind picked up to a more consistent 10 knots. But just before the start of the fifth and final race of the day, there was plenty of drama as a thunderstorm struck the reservoir soaking the sailors and the VIP guests onboard to the skin.

The heavy downpour was relentless, forcing the Race Committee to abandon the race and the day’s sailing for safety reasons as lightening powered down over Marina Reservoir. With the abandonment called, the calculators were out as the valuable last race double points were added to the previous race, but Masirah remained firm at the top of the leaderboard, continuing their domination of the Extreme 40 fleet.

With racing every afternoon, the past five days have been busy for the international fleet of Extreme 40 sailors. Every morning they have taken VIP and media guests out sailing on the reservoir, to experience first hand what it is like to race onboard an Extreme 40. Guests have included government officials, TV crews, journalists, key opinion formers from the business and sailing worlds here in Singapore, as well as youth sailors in the Singapore Olympic sailing squad.

Masirah’s win brings their score in the overall Extreme Sailing Series Asia scoreboard to a perfect 12, but the real battle is for second place with four teams in contention. BT and China Team and tied in second place with 7 points apiece and Red Bull Extreme Sailing Team and The Wave, Muscat just behind with 6.

Hugh Styles, Helm, China Team:
“It’s been a rollercoaster here, pouring rain and lightening to soaring heat, no wind to lots of wind. There are one incident when we nearly capsized because there was so much breeze.

”Six boats means that it is really intense on the racecourse, lots of entertaining guests who step on with wide eyes, but leave with enormous smiles on their faces.

“For us with our racing we have had probably more race wins than we have ever had as a team, so really exciting for us and we’ve sailed consistently. A few bits of bad luck, but we are a new team and building ourselves into a better unit, so really exciting. We have come fourth overall, so really looking forward to the next one, looking to step it up and always get in the top two, fighting for the lead and looking forward to the next opportunity.”

Thierry Barot, Skipper, China Team:
“Today, was not a perfect day. It was a little bit difficult for us. Problem for the right positioning and a real gamble with the wind which was turning everywhere, but it is part of the sport!

”We’ve had big improvements since Hong Kong, missing some luck today, but looking forward to Oman.

“Singapore was fantastic, the scenery was quite amazing with buildings all around with the amazing architecture so close to us. The chance to have the public around us next time will be great, a 360 degree amphitheatre; a fantastic venue. I really hope that we will be back next year.”

Final Leaderboard for Round 2 at Singapore:
1. Oman Sail’s Masirah 121 points
2. Red Bull Extreme Sailing Team 111
3. The Wave, Muscat 100
4. China Team 92
5. BT 87
6. Rumbo Almeira 77

Overall Leaderboard after Round 1 and 2:
1. Oman Sail’s Masirah 12 points
2. BT 7
2. China Team 7
4. The Wave, Muscat 6
4. Red Bull Extreme Sailing Team 6
6. Rumbo Almeira 4

The next venue after the Xmas and new years break for the Extreme Sailing Series Asia will be Muscat, Oman (1 – 5 February 2010) and all is poised for a great last regatta with the points really close between boats in 2 – 5th in the overall standings.

Many thanks to Hugh Styles sponsors and supporters help and assistance.

Gill, Holt, Marlow Ropes, Nacra Watersports, Tacktick, Towergate Mardon insurance

Associates: Sailing Networks

A convincing victory at Grafham Water for Team Styles at F18 Inlands

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This weekends regatta was the last in a series of victories this year for Team Styles, now the UK National and Inland Champion as well as winner of Carnac and Texel course racing and 3rd place finish at the F18 worlds. The Grafham event was a great medium to windy regatta, where Styles Nacra Infusion yet again proved it pedigree with 4 out of 6 race victories.

Saturdays racing was staged in a great 10 – 13 knots, double wiring mostly with shifty offshore winds from the South West. The first race was a tight affair to the first mark with 7 boats all getting there at the same time and a good tussle for the lead, after the first lap it was down to Styles and Grant Piggott in second with Luke Yates third. Styles extended for the next few laps to take the gun and the first win of the weekend.

Race 2 and Hugh and Kyle lead from the first cross up the beat and built a commanding lead over Johnathan Worthington in second also on a Nacra Infusion, with Grant Piggott Nacra Infusion third. This changed abruptly when Kyle Stoneham unfortunately hooked onto the elastic on the last downwind leg to the finish and left Styles trying to stop a capsize then recover the kite and sailor, the team dropped from 1st to 9th and Worthington capitalised on the opportunity to win the race.

Race 3 A perfect port end start for Styles and Stoneham in their Infusion, giving them a great jump on the fleet, leading at the first mark and never to be headed! Worthington had another cracking race, with really good speed, Grant Piggott sailed a great steady race to finish 3rd another counting result in tough conditions.

Saturday night the social activities flowed, with the F18, Handicap and Shearwater classes all competing at drinking games, until everyone went down to the Wheatsheaf pub. Sunday dawned with a big breeze forecast and an opportunity to blow away the cobwebs of the night before, needed by some far more than others!

Race 4 Sunday morning and a start in 15 knots with a heavily port biased line, Styles and Stoneham took full advantage of this and charged off on Starboard into the left side for the pressure, and arriving in at the top mark closely followed by Jon Wothington. The wind built steadily through the race, but Styles was never headed and it was then down to the minor placings to duke out for 2 – 3 overall.

Race 5 and another 5 knots increase which made the average wind speed 20 knots. Still a massive port bias on the line and this time Styles played the Joker card with a flying port tack start, then converging on a tight Starbord lay line just rounding ahead of Stuart Gummer and Grant Piggott in third. Styles maintained this through to the finish and Gummer maintained 2nd with Piggott 3rd.

Race 6, just before the start 24 knots was read on the start boat and by the time the gun had gone it was over 30 knots. The fleet was down to 5 boats after a lot of the boats had had gear failure, but this didn’t deter some tight and testing racing, with Chris Sproat and Lewis Crawford in their Viper leading for 2 laps with the places changing a lot behind them. They had a mishap though and just on the last downwind gybe they capsized and lost the race. Gummer sailed a really strong race to pull through and win the race from Styles in second and Piggott in third.

The overall regatta finishing positions ended as follows:
Hugh Styles and Kyle Stoneham, Nacra Infusion
Grant Piggott and Andy Sinclair, Nacra Infusion
Luke Yates and Matt Humphries, Wildcat

Thanks to Grafham water sailing club, and the rest of the regatta organisers, also for Nacra Europe making this possible with their Help, Boskalis for their great support throughout the year. Then to the UK F18 class organisation for making the years regattas come about. There is one last event which is the Weston Cat Open on 6&7 of November, which is the Nacra UK Nationals 2009, please come and join in the fun. I am now off to Sydney for some R&R with my long suffering girlfriend and then a load of Extreme 40 racing over the winter in Hong Kong, then Singapore and final event in Muscat Oman.

Cowes for the Etchells Nationals

over 9 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

This week has been manic with returning from the Almeria Extreme 40 event after a 12 hour delay to the flight from Spain back to the UK.

Thursday I was in Holland to work out the plans for the winter and next year with Nacra Europe for sailing F18 next year, lots of good discussions and my proposal went down well, so waiting for a reply.

Now back on the Isle of Wight sailing an Etchells at the Uk Nationals with Graham Sunderland, we had a 1, 4, 9 today and have one race tomorrow, its good and close racing and today we had a dying breeze from the North and offshore and very shifty. it was good to be sailing some slower and really close racing rather than the extreme 40 which is all a bit bigger tacking angles and harder crosses to call as the closing distances are so big.

Tomorrow is the last day and we have plenty to play for with it all close between 3 boats for the placings 2nd to 4th.


iShares X40 team 5th in the series

over 9 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

Yesterday was one of the best days for our team in the 2009 iShares Cup circuit. The venue was a very tricky place for racing, but the races kept coming and the races got closer and closer.

We had a great last few races, and if the radio had worked better we would not have been ocs in the 3rd race of the day. We finished the afternoon with a 2nd in the penultimate race and a 5th in the last race. BT and Holmatro our main opposition in the overall circuit had a shocking result in the last double points race. This jumped us up the circuit leader board and we finished 6th in Almeria and oh so close on the circuit standings, with iShares a 5th overall wow after a fully up and down season its been a good result all in all.

catch you soon.


almeria x40 building and 35 degrees

over 9 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

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Today was a scorcher and all the suspicions of the venue being a windless rather than windy venue were confirmed today, not a breath till about 6pm!

New team for this race on the ishares x40, and were joined by my f28 sailing mate Mischa Heemskerk from Holland, hurrah, the rest of the team is me Shirley Robertson and Nick Hutton.

Looking forward to this and then looking forward to the Extreme 40 racing circuit over the winter, which will be going to Hong Kong 20 – 24 Nov, Singapore 9 – 15 Dec, Oman 28 Jan – 6 Feb, Maldives 3 – 8 March.

Anyway its late and i need all the beauty sleep i can get before the event starts and then i am broken and nackered.

ciao hugh

Hugh’s Amsterdam iShares Cup 2009

over 9 years ago by Hugh Styles | permanent link | comments (0)

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This weekend saw the 5th in the series of the iShares cup events, I was racing the iShares Extreme 40 as mainsheet man. We had a good event, even though the day before the regatta started we lost our bow man, Adam Piggott to a badly sprained Ankle, which meant he missed the Dutch event and will also miss the last event Almeria.

This was a big set back less than 12 hours before the start of the first race, but fortunately we were able to get a great replacement in the form of 49er Olympic sailor Paul Campbell James (Paul has steered Extreme 40 catamarans in the past, at Cowes week last year). This left us with a steep learning curve but after a bit of Saturday morning practice the team gelled nicely.

The event went fairly well for us seeing as it was a new team dynamic and we had plenty of good races. Saturday night we were 4th overall having had some great wins in some races on the Friday and Saturday. Unfortunately the last 2 races were not so good for us a collision when we were in the right which we got disqualified from and we dropped back to 6th overall on the Sunday. All in all a great event and I was unexpectedly really enjoyed the tough and close quarters racing in the ‘Dam’, usually we race there with a lot of apprehension as it a crash waiting to happen normally.

Now back in Weymouth getting the world straight, with plans for the winter and organising charter opportunities for people in the Asian Extreme Sailing Series, which is going to happen in the end of this year and early in 2010.

The next event is this coming weekend in the blackwater Essex, sailing the F18 and then off to Almeria for the next Extreme 40 event.



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Contrasting conditions for Dutch F18 Nationals

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The weekend of the 19 and 20 september saw a day of light and dying wind with only 2 races sailed and a third abandoned as the fleet ran out of the time limit. Sunday by contrast saw a building breeze and twin wiring for all of the 4 races.

The shifty conditions were tough to gauge and on Saturday it was `Darren Bundock and Will Howden who played the conditions the best with both races in the top three, and holding the overall led over night, with second Mischa Heemskerk and Bastian Tenteij, with one race win and a 5th place to count, then third overall, Koen De Koning and Tyse Visser, with Styles and Van West in 6th overall.

Sunday with more wind saw a new team come to the fore, in the shape of Olivie Backes and Arnot Garlegan from France, who sailed a great day and no result outside of the first 2 finishing positions, moved them onto the podium. It was then a fight for the overall title between Heemskerk and Bundock, which went the way of the Dutch man as Bundock didn’t have the best of the first 2 races and couldn’t quite match the speed of the Dutch on the downwind legs. De Koning had a mixed day with a win and then some around the top 5, and managed to clinch 4th overall, with 5th overall and finishing strongly Styles and Van West.

For several of the teams the next event is the Extreme 40 regatta in Amsterdam next weekend, and then back in the UK Styles will have the UK Inlands in 4 weekends time.

Many thanks to the sponsors, Nacra Europe, Boskalis, Marlow Ropes, Gill, Tacktick, Holt, Towergate Mardon Insurance.

Styles and Van West win 2009 Formula 18 nationals

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Boskalis Team Styles and Van West win 2009 Formula 18 nationals

Parkstone Yacht Club hosted the 2009 F18 nationals over three days this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a great variety of sailing conditions and some excellent race management.

For the 2009 UK National Formula 18 class Champions Hugh Styles and Ferdinand Van West the event was another major championships win for them in their already successful 2009 season, which has included, winning Eurocat regatta in France, the Texel Dutch Open and 3rd at the F18 worlds.

This weekends event was sailed in Poole bay, and the fleet were treated to a whole hoast of conditions, with a very windy Friday through to a light and fickle wind in the last race today.

There was a good turn out of boats for the regatta 27 boats which included 2 entries from Ireland. Racing in Poole bay provided some good tactical sailing with a south to south south west wind for the Saturday and Sunday, but with some big pressure differences across the race track, and a lot of tide there were a great deal of shifts to take and opportunities to maek gains on the race track.

Friday’s conditons were rather extreme, but Styles and Van West had equally as good a day as Adam Piggott and Guy Filmore, and were first and second over night, with Grant Piggott crewed by Andrew Sinclair third.

Saturday dawned with much less wind and a race to catch up from Fridays missed last race. David White sailing a new NACRA Infusion sailed a great race to win race 3 of the series, and then followed that by winning race 4 as well. John Payne crewed by Matt Hunt claimed second in race 3, with Styles third and then the tables were turned in the 4th race when Styles was second and Payne 3rd. The 5th race went to the dynamic duo of Toby Orpin and Lewis Crawford, who sailed a cat and mouse race with Styles for the 3 laps of that race, third again was Payne. The 6th race went to Styles and Van West, who dominated the race leading from start to finish, with 2nd Grant Piggott and 3rd Payne.

Sunday and around 9 knots for the start of race 7 and after a shifty first beat Styles emerged as the leader at the first mark and worked away on each leg to have a commanding win by the finish, with Jon Worthington crewed by Seb Gruber sailing a really solid second and David White third. The 8th race saw another tricky first beat, with the fleet a bit split, Styles, Grant and Adam Piggott all took a bit of the right side at the bottom of the beat and Stuart Gummer and Jon Worthington the left, Styles managed to work a route out of the right but unluckily for the Piggotts this was not to be the case for them. Styles lead around every other mark and in winning the race confirmed the win of the overall UK F18 National championships with a race to spare, with 2nd Gummer and third David White again. Race 9 was a lighter wind affair and without Styles, who used the last race as discard, it was John Payne who showed the fleet home with Grant Piggott chasing hard in second and third Toby Orpin.
The overall positions:
1st Styles & Van West (NACRA Infusion)
2nd Piggott & Sinclair (NACRA Infusion)
3rd Gummer & Forshaw (Shockwave)
4th White & Jon Sweet (NACRA Infusion)
5th Payne & Hunt (Shockwave)

Many thanks to NACRA UK and NACRA EUROPE who gave Styles and Van West the support with the equipment to do the job, BOSKALIS who support the team with their campaign this year, Gill the clothing to be able to work efficiently out on the water, Holt for the help with the tiller extensions and other equipment, Marlow Ropes for the excellent hard wearing sheerts and halyards, Towergate Mardon for their comprehensive Insurances services, and Tacktick for helping us to keep on the straight and narrow

Please keep in touch and watch this space for the instalment with the next event which will be the Forts race in a couple of weeks and then the focus will be for the Inland Championships in a couple of months in the end of October.

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